HiFi audio systems have always been catered to music aficionados first and foremost, but even if you aren’t a huge fan of collecting and listening to vinyl records, it’s tough not to appreciate the pristine quality and attention to detail Pro-Ject Audio Systems placed into its newest limited edition turntable, named “The Dark Side of the Moon” after Pink Floyd’s 1973 album of the same name.
Designer: Heinz Lichtenegger (via Pro-Ject Audio Systems)
You can have any color you like, as long as it’s rainbow. The classic Pink Floyd cover art is connotative with the band’s infamous legacy, and is widely known as one of the most easily recognizable pieces of artwork from the heyday of British rock during the 1970s. Pro-Ject’s exclusive edition turntable elegantly mimics that iconic artwork with an integrated custom rainbow LED, brightly shining a multitude of colors onto nearby surfaces and illuminating the glass platter and intricately-shaped plinth beneath.
Pro-Ject didn’t just make The Dark Side of the Moon as a collector’s item for decoration alone, even though it would make a fantastic addition to any dedicated vinyl collector’s stash. The rest of this limited edition turntable’s build quality is equally impressive – as its outward design would suggest – containing high-quality materials throughout. Its build includes a 28mm MDF plinth, 8.6″ acryllic tonearm, a 10mm heavy glass platter, gold-plated RCA cable connectors, an aluminum sub-platter, and a bevy of internal features like electronic speed control for the belt drive and a dimmable switch for the rainbow LED.
It’s unlikely that too many of these turntables will be constructed and sold, meaning you’ll want to pre-order soon if you want to get your hands on one. Granted, the reason this turntable is so limited is that it isn’t being manufactured en masse. Pro-Ject states that “the new ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ turntable is carefully designed and handmade in Europe. Due to the design & superior materials our turntables are built for eternity.”
If you’re waiting for someone (or something) to show you the way to this limited edition turntable, don’t fret: The Dark Side of the Moon is listed for $1999 on Pro-Ject’s official web store, where it is still available to pre-order for a limited amount of time. Shipping within the United States is set to begin during November, when the waxy warmth of vinyl records – for instance, a vinyl copy of The Dark Side of the Moon – played through this unique audio system could be an especially welcome way to tick away those cold, mid-autumn days leading up to the holiday season.